Execution at Gallows Flat

In this episode, we look at the first and only public execution in Geelong. Before the passing of the Act for the Execution of Criminals which took executions behind the Gaol walls, the judicial death of criminals were a public event seen to be a deterrent to those following a similar path.

John Gunn and George Roberts were led to their deaths at Gallows Flat on the morning of the 9th November 1854. just 200 yards from the front gates of the Geelong Gaol.

What led to these two men meeting their ultimate fate on the yellow gallows before 2000 people….

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